Expressed in dollar bills laid end to end,
it would reach from the earth to Venus. By comparison with the past, it
was $104 billion more than the U.S. had spent in war and peace
from 1789 to 1940. In cold figures, it was what the U.S. had spent on
World War II from mid-1940 up through V-E day $276,762,000,000.
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